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Addiction Center Hazelden's Unpopular Ellen Breyer is Out The Door
February 2008

HazeldenIn the wake of Ellen Breyer's resignation - she will leave her post as Hazelden's CEO in early April - the venerable non-profit will be left rudderless at a time when most of the institution's top management posts, from CFO on down, remain vacant. And the ubiquitous William Cope Moyers, who has become the face of Hazelden as its external affairs VP, has reached a deal with the non-profit’s board to stay on - the board was, by all accounts, very eager to keep Cope Moyers - after he gave his notice to Ellen Breyer last year.

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Hazelden's Breyer Alienates, Execs Leave In Droves | Print |  E-mail
Written by Ted Jackson   
December 2007

William Cope MoyersEarlier this fall, William Cope Moyers, Hazelden's external affairs VP that many view as The "heart and soul" of the institution, gave his employer notice, making him just the latest of a long list of top Hazelden executives to resign from their posts in recent months. In fact, over the past year or so, much of the top leadership reporting to CEO Ellen Breyer have left, including such key players as market development chief Tom Galligan, chief legal officer Ivy Bernhardson and the institution's highly regarded chief medical officer, Dr. Marvin Seppala.

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The Lines Blur Between High-End Treatment and Spas
October 2007

PÃœR Detox, Laguna Beach, CABill O'Donnell always understood that there are strong and natural links between the high-end addiction treatment business and the spa experience. A major pioneer of high-end treatment as founder of the legendary Sierra Tucson, O'Donnell in the very early 1990s found himself in a tight spot, as did most treatment center operators.

 

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The Prometa Program is Making Drug Court Inroads
October 2007

Karen Freeman-Wilson, former Indiana Attorney General and former CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, has joined Hythiam’s board.About a couple of years ago, Hythiam Inc. began a critical demonstration pilot of its Prometa Program with the City Court of Gary, Indiana, where for years police and the courts had dealt with a growing and often intractable crack cocaine problem.

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Pathological Gambling is a Fast Growing Problem
September 2007

Harbour PointeA few years ago, Michael Osborne found himself on the skids. Working as a real estate agent, Osborne had, over time, developed a serious gambling habit, which later began exhibiting signs of becoming severely pathological.

Living in the Baltimore area, Osborne found himself badly needing help with his growing gambling addiction. Eventually he found it at a small specialty gambling treatment facility then called Harbour Center.

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Fairwinds Offers Truly Integrated Dual Diagnosis Care
September 2007

Fairwinds Treatment CenterIn the 1970s, Dr. M.K. El-Yousef was on the psychiatry faculty at Vanderbilt University, treating a wide variety of patients and conducting research. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. El-Yousef began to notice a pattern. “Many of the patients that we treated that did not show progress had strong co-occurring problems with substance abuse,” says Dr. El-Yousef, adding that one patient had gone to AA, with outstanding results.

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Treatment Talent Teams With Private Equity Player
August 2007

Alldredge AcademyA couple of years ago, veteran healthcare entrepreneur Val Christensen began talks with a Dallas private equity boutique called CIC Partners, which specializes in teaming up with operators in high growth industries. And the industry that Christensen and CIC were talking about, the therapeutic schools and wilderness programs industry, was indeed very high growth, the highest growth sector of behavioral healthcare, in fact.

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Insurance Administration Costs Centers Big Dollars
August 2007

Patrick Kirse, CFO, The WatershedThe Watershed Treatment Programs, a 200-bed inpatient provider based in South Florida, is one of the few private treatment centers left that still garners the vast majority of its revenues from commercial insurance payors, about 80 percent, according to company executives.

 

 

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Competition Heats Up Amongst Insurers Seeking to Cover Addiction Centers
July 2007

Van WagnerIn late May, CRC Health Corporation, the nation's largest addiction treatment provider, held a conference call for investors and analysts to discuss its first quarter operating results. When it came time to talk numbers, CEO Barry Karlin gave the floor over to Kevin Hogge, CRC's chief financial officer. Hogge said little about the quarter"s sharply lower margins and soaring interest costs, but he did mention something interesting about the expense side... sharply lower premiums and costs for insurance on properties as well as other insurance costs...

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Professionals Programs Offer Steady Clientele
July 2007

Palmetto Addiction Recovery CenterBack in the early 1990s, Dr. Douglas Cook was working as medical director of an addiction treatment program at Woodland Hills Hospital in Louisiana. And he was not at all happy with what was happening there.

“It was immensely disheartening,” says Dr. Cook. “The program was what I call a CPA type program, run strictly on the basis of how little could be spent on care and still have what they offered be called treatment.”

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Florida Seminoles Back Addiction Recovery
June 2007

Florida Seminoles Back Addiction RecoveryThe Seminole Tribe of Florida has a long and storied history as the only tribe in North America never to surrender to the United States Army during its campaign of displacement and extermination of tribes along the East Coast.

In 1842, President John Tyler, after spending more than $20 million and with 1,500 soldiers dead, declared an end to the wars against the Seminoles. Retreating to the safety of the Everglades swamps, the Seminoles only over 100 years later finally agreed to a settlement with the United States government, which established the modern organization of the Seminole Tribe of Florida of today.

 

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The Watershed, Fed Up, Sues Giant UnitedHealth
May 2007

The Watershed, Fed Up, Sues Giant UnitedHealthFor quite a few years, The Watershed Treatment Programs had excellent relations with UnitedHealth, garnering at one point as much as 20 percent of its business from the Minnesota-based health insurance behemoth.

That’s why the Watershed, a 200 bed inpatient provider with most of its operations in South Florida, with another small facility in Texas, was surprised about two years ago when payments from the insurer stopped coming on time.

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Caron Foundation Has Big South Florida Expansion Plans
January 2007

In 2003, the Caron Foundation swooped into the South Florida addiction treatment marketplace with its purchase, for an undisclosed sum, of the Renaissance Institute, whose founder Sid Goodman is among the pioneers of the Florida Model of treatment, which has been widely imitated in the region and, many think, kick started renewed addiction treatment growth after the dark days of managed care in the early 1990s.

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A New IT Player Hits the Addiction Treatment Scene
January 2007

In early 2004, Peter Labaki was approached by a senior clinician at a local Buffalo, NY, outpatient clinic who knew that Labaki had an extensive background in information technology. “I told her that that there were likely plenty of IT vendors who could meet her needs,” says Labaki. “And that’s when I found out that wasn’t the case.” The clinician began to inform Labaki that she had looked at some systems, including Sequest and Anasazi, and had found them wanting. “They appeared to be, in her eyes, far more geared to the mental health side, and didn’t help much at all with the huge paperwork requirements of the New York state addiction regulators.”

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Sequest Goes After the Big Game
November 2006

Over the past several years, Sequest Technologies has distinguished itself as among the fastest growing and most prominent purveyors of information technology products to the addiction treatment industry, signing deals with scores of top players, including the Hanley Center, Marworth and Seabrook House, among many others.

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Suboxone: The Future of Opioid Treatment
November 2006

Dr. Ed Johnson was first introduced to buprenorphine several decades ago, when he was working at the Addiction Research Center in Lexington, KY. He chuckles at the remembrance: "Back in those days, there were only two places you could go to and get medically treated for opiate addiction treatment drug regab alcohol rehab, with Lexington being one of them," he recalls, pointing out that it was at a time prior to the passage of the 1974 Narcotics Addiction Treatment Act, which made possible the creation of the nation's methadone clinic system.

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A New Dual Diagnosis Center in South Florida
October 2006

As hurricanes ravaged South Florida’s Treasure Coast, an area that stretches north of Palm Beach along the Atlantic coast where the epicenter of two major hurricanes have landed over the last three years, Savannas Hospital had sustained serious damage.

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In Another Mega Deal, CRC Acquires Aspen Education
October 2006

Rocking the addiction treatment industry with yet another monster acquisition, CRC Health Corporation - already the nation's largest treatment provider through a series of deals masterminded by CEO Barry Karlin - announced in early October it had reached an agreement to purchase therapeutic schools and programs leader Aspen Education Group.

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Thinking Outside the Box  E-mail
September 2006

Over the years, Mark Houston has gained a lot of experience working in the addiction treatment industry, first as an executive at La Hacienda, one of the state of Texas' most successful private, for-profit substance abuse ventures, and then as CEO of Burning Tree Recovery Ranch, another successful Texas center. But while working as a treatment executive, Houston began to get the sense that there was a need for a new kind of facility, one that was not a treatment center in the traditional or even the licensed sense, but one that would nevertheless fill a gap that Houston perceived as needing to be filled.

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Pathological Drinking Drives Booze Industry Profits
August 2006

Over the years, many in the treatment industry, clinicians and executives alike, have no doubt wondered to what extent the $130 billion a year alcoholic beverage business profits from the millions of pathological adult and underage drinkers who come through the doors at centers nationwide.

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Aloha High-End Addiction Treatment
August 2006

As veteran behavioral health practitioners in Hawaii, Dr. Bill Heran and Dr. John Neuhaus had for years watched in dismay as people needing help with addictive illnesses would more often than not leave the islands, heading usually to California or Arizona for private treatment. “We were struck recently by an instance in which a man who had a substantial business here went to California for treatment,” says Heran. “His stay in treatment was quite lengthy, and, partly as a result of his absence, the business ultimately went bankrupt.”

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